Now You Own a Property in Marbella, What’s Next?!
Congratulations, you are now the proud owner of a shiny, new home in Marbella! You’re going to love living in this very special part of the world.
Whether you’re looking for family outings, high-octane activities, posh meals out or dancing into the early hours, Marbella has an array of first class venues to choose from. To help you get started, we thought we’d share some of our insider knowledge.
Our team knows Marbella inside out, all having lived and worked here for many years. If it’s hot and happening, they’ll know about it. Check out our list of the top 10 places to go in Marbella below, including the most exclusive and authentically Spanish spots – away from the crowds of tourists!
MP Dunne’s Top 10 Places to Go in Marbella
Acclaimed Spanish chef Dani García is famous for his highly creative cuisine, which includes cooking with liquid nitrogen at a temperature of 196 degrees below zero. He brings his two Michelin stars to the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa where he presents an innovative gastronomic experience, applying advanced cooking techniques to traditional Andalusian recipes. Don’t miss the tasting menu “Once Upon a Time”, which focuses on the contrast between hot and cold, playing heavily with textures and opposing flavours. There’s a surprise with every mouthful! (Once your meal is over, the evening doesn’t have to end – you can pop into the hotel’s exclusive nightclub and bar Suite, known as the place to be seen in Marbella after midnight).
The Beach Club at Trocadero is one of the most chic in Marbella. Enjoy a relaxing day under the shade of a beach umbrella surrounded by palm trees, while you recline on a Balinese bed. When it’s time for a bite to eat, head to the venue’s stunning colonial themed Lounge, replete with imitation animal skins, timber ceiling fans and African artefacts. The menu features succulent local fish, meat and organic produce grown especially for the restaurant. The Trocadero Group has another fabulous venue in Sotogrande (40 minutes’ drive from Marbella), which makes a great day trip.
If you like fast cars, you’ll love Ascari. The Ronda-based race centre offers a number of driving experiences, including the possibility to drive a real unrestricted Formula One Car on one of the most challenging and exclusive race circuits in the world. Ascari’s main track is the longest in Spain (5,425 metres), and “one of the most spectacular in the world” with a stunning mountain backdrop. Prestigious cars available for racing include a Lotus Elise, BMW compact 2.5l, Radical SR3, Lola F3 and finally the 1997 Benetton F1 – which will you choose?
A historic club founded by tennis star Manolo Santana in 1997, Manolo Santana Racquets Club is a tennis reference in Marbella. It’s the only club on the Costa del Sol that has all three ‘Grand Slam’ surfaces: grass (Astroturf), clay and plexi-pave. It has six professional standard courts for true tennis enthusiast to enjoy, in a natural setting with excellent views of the Marbella Mountains. However, it’s not only tennis that’s on offer, there are a wide range of sports and leisure activities, suitable for all members of the family, from padel and gym to yoga, karate.
5) Finca Besaya
Finca Besaya is an elegant restaurant and bar with a magical setting in a restored Andalucian mansion. The ochre-coloured, two storey finca enjoys a panoramic valley view, just minutes off the Golden Mile but miles away from the madding crowds. A fusion of Spanish and Italian dishes made using fresh local ingredients make up the extensive à la carte menu, while the service is first class.
If keeping in shape is your thing, head down to state of the art gym Glow, situated in the prestigious area of Playas del Duque in Puerto Banús. Probably the most complete gym and spa on the coast, it boasts more than 2500 sqm of space dedicated to wellbeing and beauty. As well as the latest gym equipment, the club offers an extensive range of classes including spinning, kickboxing, cardio-combat and body-power, among others. After your workout, take a well-earned rest with a dip in the Jacuzzi or steam it out in the saunas
Tucked away in Marbella’s old fishing port, Hogar del Pescador may not look like much, but the food is superb. A favourite haunt with locals, this restaurant serves the best seafood in town. Don’t expect frills – the décor is as rustic as it comes – but the fish could not be fresher. Choose whatever takes your fancy from the fish counter – crayfish, squid, Dover sole, sea snails – and wash it down with a bottle of quality Spanish vino.
8) Olivia Valere
With a capacity for more than a thousand people, Olivia Valere is one of most prestigious super clubs outside of Ibiza. The club’s stunning setting, super chic décor, top international DJs and beautiful party people all come together to create a night like no other. Keep your eyes peeled for celebrity guests – Bruce Willis, Mariah Carey, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell have all visited this exclusive venue.
9) La Fria San Pedro
La Fria in San Pedro is one of the best places to go for authentic Andalusian tapas. Go with family and friends to share plates of delicious local specialities, ranging from ali-oli prawns and spicy Spanish sausage to Iberian ham and sweet treats like homemade egg pudding. A great place to grab a cold beer, too.
Spend the day out on the beautiful Mediterranean sea by chartering an exclusive yacht. Feel like a film star as you soak up the rays on deck, while your personal skipper steers you around the coast. If you’re looking for a more active day, hire a fishing boat and cast your line for big game in the Strait of Gibraltar. If you’re lucky you might just hook a giant read tuna (they grow up to 400kg!).